DPP will not nominate Control Yuan members

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

Thu, Dec 28, 2006 - Page 3

The Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Central Executive Committee agreed yesterday that the party would not recommend nominees for the Control Yuan.

DPP Secretary-General Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said that since Control Yuan members need to carry out their responsibility beyond their political stances, it would be "inappropriate" for political parties to nominate candidates.

"We made the decision out of a respect of the president's power to nominate controllers and the constitutional system," he said.

Although the president was trying show his goodwill to all parties by having them suggest candidates, the DPP has its own standpoint on the matter, he said.

The Presidential Office yesterday denied speculation that President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) had decided to nominate candidates in proportion to the seats each party has in the legislature.

Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) told lawmakers that the letter sent to political parties did not mention how many candidates each would be able to nominate.

Cho made the remark in response to questions filed by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lee Ching-hua (李慶華).

Lee said that forming the government watchdog in accordance with legislative seats was unconstitutional and would be interpreted by the public as dividing the spoils.

Cho also dismissed mounting speculations that Chen planned to nominate former acting Kaohsiung mayor Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭) to head the Control Yuan.

Additional reporting by Flora Wang